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The Colorado theater shootings thrust assault weapons, such as the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle used in the rampage, into the national spotlight.

Equally important in the gun control debate — and often overlooked — are the high-capacity magazines used to fuel the firepower in mass shootings, gun control advocates say. Aurora police recovered a 100-round magazine drum at the scene of the shooting July 20. They say suspect James Holmes bought the rapid-fire drum, capable of shooting up to 60 rounds a minute, legally over the Internet and used it in the shooting that left 12 dead and 58 injured. Colorado prosecutors charged Holmes on Monday with 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder.

For years, gun control advocates have tried to ban high-capacity magazines, arguing they have no place in civil society. Pro-gun groups say the magazines are protected under the Second Amendment.

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